This film illustrates the serious problem of syphilis, particularly as it affects American armed forces during World War II. It presents numbers of cases nationwide and in New York State in particular, comparing the figures to Scandinavian countries where the disease does not carry the same stigma and more people are routinely tested. Shown are the importance and relative ease of detection and cure, and a comparison to Denmark’s syphilis program specifically. Film also includes exterior shots of the Public Health Service building in Washington, D.C., Oregon State Hospital, Arizona Hospital for Mental Diseases, and the National Soldiers Home. In addition, it shows the following scenes: a Flying Fortress taking off, children playing, women working at machines in a factory, people bowling, diving into a pool, playing tennis, plowing fields, and harvesting crops, Girl Scouts marching, and babies in an infant nursery in an Army hospital.
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Black and white
Jean Hersholt, Robert Mitchum, Noah Beery, Jr.
Norman T. Kirk, Thomas Parran ; script by Edmund L. Hartmann ; technical adviser, L.E. Burney ; direction by Arthur Lubin ; art direction by Alexander Golitzen ; photography by Milton Krasner.
Received: (date unknown) as a donation from the Veterans Administration.